German MRO service provider FAI Technik GmbH, a 100 % subsidiary of Germany´s special mission operator FAI rent-a-jet, has expanded its presence in Germany with the opening today of a maintenance base at the all new “Willy Brandt” Berlin Brandenburg Airport (BER), in the country’s capital.
At BER, FAI will offer line and base maintenance for the full line of Hawker HS125 series, Beechcraft Premier 1/1A and King Air series aircraft as well line maintenance checks up to 1C for Gulfstream models including G280, G450, G500, G550, G650 and G650ER. Additionally, an AOG-team for Learjet and Bombardier aircraft will be deployed to support FAI´s own fleet of Learjet 60, Challenger 604 and Global Express BD700 aircraft which regularly operate in and out of BER. The new facility will complement FAI’s existing centre of competence for base maintenance and modifications of Learjet and Bombardier aircraft at its headquarters at Albrecht Duerer Airport, Nuremberg.
FAI will employ over 90% of Beechcraft Berlin Aviation’s (BBA) former workforce at the new facility, following BBA’s filing for insolvency in spring 2022.
Located at the airport’s General Aviation Terminal (GAT), FAI’s new facility includes over 3,400 m² of hangar floor space and another 1,300 m² of workshops, stores and offices. FAI Technik becomes the second MRO serving business aircraft at BER and the only one to support more than one aircraft manufacturer for maintenance services.
FAI’s Group Chairman Siegfried Axtmann, comments: “We are delighted to announce FAI Technik’s presence at Germany´s capital airport which will nicely complement our existing MRO facility at Nuremberg. We are also pleased to be able to retain more than 30 highly qualified ex-BBA staff members who will continue supporting BBA´s clients and contribute to the growth and prosperity of FAI’s Maintenance division.”
In related news, FAI rent-a-jet is planning to expand its management services for BER-based aircraft and is already operating two aircraft (a BD700 and a CL 604) based at the airport.
About FAI Technik
FAI Technik is a 100 % subsidiary of German GA-Operator FAI rent-a-jet GmbH. Operating as a full service FBO and MRO, FAI Technik at Nuremberg is licensed for base and line maintenance of the Learjet 60, Challenger 600-series and Bombardier Global Express 700-series, including modifications, aviation upgrades, interior refurbishment and component services such as batteries and wheels. FAI´s EASA part 145 licence is approved by the Cayman Islands and Bermuda, as well as the US FAA and Nigeria. FAI Technik Nuremberg is a distributor for Collins Aerospace, Gogo Business Aviation and GARMIN.
About FAI Aviation Group
FAI Aviation Group operates Germany´s largest fleet of Bombardier business jets. The fleet includes five Global Express, six Challenger 604s and seven Learjet 60s. FAI runs a 14,000 m² carbon-neutral fixed-base operation at its Nuremberg, Germany headquarters, employing a staff of close to 300 people, including 70 mechanics and engineers at its in-house MRO FAI Technik GmbH and another 30 staff at its Berlin base. FAI´s Group consolidated revenues in 2022 were close to € 130 m with a fleet utilization of more than 12,000 hours of flight time.
FAI was proud to receive the Diamond Safety of Flight Award from the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) in May 2018, marking the highest safety recognition awarded by EBAA to member companies operating business aircraft for 50 years or 100.000 hours without accident.
In 2019 FAI received a 10-year anniversary award from MEBAA, reflecting the fact that 20 % of its flying activity is now in the Middle East and was honored with an Aviation Annual Achievement Award, in recognition of its 30 years of air ambulance and special mission flying.
In 2020 and 2021 FAI received the prestigious Award “Air Ambulance Company of the Year” from ITIJ Magazine.
In 2021, FAI was awarded the Pandemic Response Special Award in recognition of its response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
In 2022, FAI was awarded “20 years of Aviation Excellence in the Middle East” by MEA Business at the Aviation Innovation Awards.
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